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Introduction

Since the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1981, persons with disabilities have organized themselves into their own organizations all over the world, these organizations are sometimes called Disabled People's Organizations or DPOs. DPO's are those controlled by a majority of persons with disabilities (51%) at the board and membership levels. The role of these organizations includes providing a voice of their own, identifying needs, expressing views on priorities, evaluating services and advocating change and public awareness. Some Organizations also provide or sell equipment.

DPOs believe that persons with disabilities are their own best spokespersons and their role has been and is fundamental for the human rights movement of persons with disabilities. There are a variety of different types of disability groups that have there own organizations & these include persons with Mobility Impairments.

Types Of Disability Organizations In South Africa

There are a wide range of advocacy and self-help organization which exist in South Africa. They include organizations such as the overtly political Disabled People South Africa, aligned with the ruling African National Congress, the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and Champion Of Hope, as well as single-issue national organizations such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa and Sports Organizations such as SASAPD to name just a few.

There are 3 main types of Disability organizations in South Africa:

  1. Cross-disability organizations, such as the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and Champion Of Hope, which represents the interests of all persons with disabilities in South Africa.
  2. Diagnostic-focused organizations, such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa, which represents a medical diagnostic group, such as Quadriplegics and Paraplegics.
  3. Population-specific organizations, such as Disabled Women South Africa, which represent a population group, such as Women with disabilities.

1. Cross Disability Organizations

Cross-disability organizations represent the interests of all persons with disabilities in South Africa, and include the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and Champion Of Hope.

National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD)

The NCPD is a NGO with a footprint throughout South Africa that plays a lobbying & advocacy role when it comes to the rights of persons with disabilities. "We're an umbrella body coordinating the advancement of the rights of persons with physical disabilities in accordance with the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and more. We have nine provincial Associations for Persons with Disabilities with numerous projects and branches that focus on rural development as well as social."NCPD

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities does advocacy work and services leading to an equitable and inclusive society. "We are affiliated to the South African Disability Alliance, as well as Rehabilitation International. Our programmes cover the whole of South Africa."

Services

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities offer a wide variety of different Services, which include:

Workplace Policy & Disability Equity Training: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities offers Disability Equality Training courses to address the need for information about the reality of disability. Training is tailor made for every sector, including: Tourism, Tertiary Education, Banking, Mining and more. Through training they will find ways to challenge the organizational behavior which reinforces negative myths and values and which prevents disabled people from gaining equality and achieving full participation in society. Training is done by an expert well trained team of persons with disabilities.

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Beach Permits: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the Department of Environmental Services, offers persons with severe physical Mobility Impairments the opportunity to gain access to certain beaches, by obtaining a permit from DEAT.

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Job Placement & Skills Development: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities have programs in place that aid persons with disabilities, to find jobs & acquire skills that they my need in the workplace. "We offer BBBEE advice and services related to persons with disabilities, including: Job placement, Skills development, Preferential procurement, Ownership and supply chain development."

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Motor Vehicle Importation Rebate: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can assist you to apply for a Rebate on a new vehicle that has been imported and has been or will be adapted to suite you and your disability.

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Universal Design & Access: Persons with disabilities are often excluded from many Events, Services, Information, Communication, Products and Venues, due to all users not considered during the planning phases. The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can assist to prevent this from happening by applying Universal Design Principals during the design phase.

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Parking Discs: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can also supply information and assist with registering and applying for a Disabled Parking Disk, so that you will be able to park in a Disabled Parking space if you qualify.

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Other Services: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can also supply information and assist with a variety of other Services, including: Audits; Work placements and reasonable accommodation; Internships and training; Entrepreneurs with disabilities; Disability information and children’s programmes; Fund Raising and Referrals of persons with disabilities needing our services. Contact us for more information on: Tel: +27 11 452 2774 or Email: edwina@ncpd.org.za or read the article below about the Fund Raising Partnerships that the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities are involved in.

Fund Raising PartnershipsCasual Day

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities organize and run a number of fun raising projects to help raise funds including "Casual Day" and the "Nappy Run": ( Click image on the right to enlarge. )

"Casual Day: is South Africa’s leading fundraising & awareness campaign for persons with disabilities and is the flagship project of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). Casual Day was launched in 1995 and is an awareness and fundraising campaign benefiting persons with disabilities. Each year on the first Friday of September, South Africans are encouraged to go to work or school dressed differently and to wear the official Casual Day sticker to show their support for persons with disabilities."

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"Nappy Run: is a 5km Fun Run which takes place at the Joburg Zoo every year coinciding with National Children’s Day, the purpose of the Nappy Run™ campaign is to educate the public on the violation of rights of our country’s most marginalized and vulnerable group of people – children with disabilities and to appeal to the public for online donations which go towards the purchase of nappies for children with disabilities.

The event is organised by the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and forms part of the NCPD’s observation of South Africa’s Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) in November. The Nappy Run campaign runs until 3 December to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), while DRAM also culminates on that same day. For more information about the Nappy Run™ fun run, or to make a donation, visit www.nappyrun.org.za, or find them on Facebook - @Nappyrun.sa | Instagram - @Nappyrun.sa |Twitter - @NappyRun. Alternatively, email them on: info@nappyrun.org.za."

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Champion Of Hope

Champion of Hope is a Non Profit organization of and for Persons Living with Disabilities and the Hearing Impaired as well as those affected and infected by the HIV Aids Virus in the Pixley ka Seme Region in the Northern Cape. At Champion of Hope we believe in the abilities of Persons Living with Disabilities and the Hearing Impaired as well as those affected and infected by the HIV/Aids Virus and choose to focus on the positives and therefore develop our clients through Skills Development and Skills Training.Champion Of Hope

Our main objective is to assist People Living with Disabilities and the Hearing Impaired and those affected and infected with the HIV/ Aids Virus who has low skills and high poverty levels to reach their true potential in life and in this way to lobby a living wage for themselves.

Our full list of services includes: Skills Development & Skills Training; Economic Empowerment; Income Generation; Job Creation; Job Placement; Sports Development & Sports Training; Fundraising; Awareness & Promotion; Accessibility & Mobility; Women’s Programs; Youth Programs; Children’s Programs; Early Childhood Development Programs; Support Groups; Social Clubs & Book Clubs and Mini  Libraries for the Sight Impaired in collaboration with Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.

You can contact Esme Fourie T/A Champion Of Hope (102 - 568 - NPO) at nr 80 Mainstreet De Aar 7000 or via Mobile: 078 886 7902 • Fax: 086 587 4779/ Whatsapp: 0657008851 or Email: infocoh949@gmail.com

2. Diagnostic Focused Organizations

Diagnostic-focused organizations, such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa represent a medical diagnostic group, such as Quadriplegics and Paraplegics.

QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)

The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) is a non-profit organisation (NPO 000-881) of Quadriplegics and Paraplegics in South Africa. QASA’s mission is to be an effective “co-ordinating, policy-making and supporting organisation striving to prevent spinal cord injury and to improve the lives of quadriplegics and paraplegics by securing resources to advocate, educate, capacitate, support and mobilise.”QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)

QASA is a member of the South Africa Disability Alliance (SADA) and has significant relationships with other such organisations, such as the Department of Social Development, the Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players Fund and the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA).

QASA now has six regions and has provincial organizations within QASA, which are able to assist it's members in a particular province. Six Regional Associations are affiliated to QASA: Gauteng South, Gauteng North, Eastern Cape, Western Cape, North West and KwaZulu-Natal. The QASA Management Board is made up of representatives of each Regional Association.

QASA run a number of Projects and Services which include: Advocacy & lobbying ; Conducting awareness campaigns on the cause and prevention of spinal cord injury;  Publication and distribution of information on disability rights; Rural outreach; Developing social enterprises to sustain individuals and Regional Associations; Providing sport and hobby activities; driver training in adapted vehicles, Provision of transport, Provision of education bursaries and facilitating skills development through internships, Computer training, Consulting, Disability sensitizing and workshops.

QASA is sustained by strategic relationships with corporates, social enterprise, the National Lottery Commission and a number of campaigns & events. Some of QASA’s projects generate revenue which services the essential non-revenue generating projects.

Read the article below to find out more about these Projects and Services  that QASA run or visit their website at www.qasa.co.za.

QASA Projects & Services

Beach Wheelchairs: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), through the kind sponsorship from Approved Auto and the Rotary Club of Kloof has placed 2 ‘beach wheelchairs’ at Durban beachfront locations. Another 2 ‘beach wheelchairs’ are placed at Granny’s Pool, Southbroom.

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SABAT Battery: SABAT sponsors every QASA member with an electric wheelchair, one set of batteries each year. The battery project is a partnership between QASA and SABAT which has been in operation since July 2003. This project has ensured that thousands of quadriplegics and paraplegics remain mobile.

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Wheelchair Fund: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) have a Wheelchair Fund and provides Wheelchairs, Seating, Assistive Devices and Mobility Aids for people who need specialised seating and wheelchair requirements. Members apply, are assessed and are awarded wheelchairs to suit their mobility need, therefor ensuring that members are as mobile and functional as possible. QASA also provides peer support as part of our empowerment responsibilities, batteries for Quadriplegics using power wheelchairs, and various publications.

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Self Help Centres: One of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) main focus areas is promoting independent living for quadriplegics and paraplegics. With limited access to education and the formal labour market, and in many cases reliant on the government’s disability grant, quadriplegics and paraplegics are often left with little choice but to be dependent on family members for a home. QASA’s solution is to provide self help centre’s which allow communities of wheelchair users to live independently of their families. The self help centre’s provide accommodation, meals, care attendants and transport to the residents.

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Wheelchair Parking Bays & Disks: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) provides Parking Disks to persons who use wheelchairs, so that they can easily transfer in and out of their vehicle at shopping centres etc. by using the extra space that the wheelchair parking bays provide. You can apply to, to register and receive a disabled parking disc from QASA, if you are using a wheelchair on a temporary or permanent bases.

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Conducting Awareness Campaigns: QASA has prevention programmes that aim to prevent future injuries by simply making the public aware of simplest things. This includes The "Diving Prevention Campaign" & "Buckle Up":

1. Diving Prevention Program: QASA produced a DVD warning of the dangers of diving, which is a major cause of spinal cord injury.
2. Buckle Up: "We Don’t Want New Members": Is a road safety campaign aimed at getting motorists to use their seatbelts.

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Sports Fund - Providing Sport & Hobby Activities: QASA staunchly supports all disabled sports initiatives in South Africa. To this end, QASA has set up a Sports Fund, to which any QASA member can apply for financial assistance for a sporting activity. The Sports Fund has also supported participants in quadriplegic rugby, the SABAT Power Wheelchair Race, the Outeniqua Challenge wheelchair race, table tennis, dancing and darts.

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Employment Project: QASA aims to improve the participation of persons with disabilities by providing them with employment opportunities. In addition, QASA encourages positive changes in the perception and attitudes toward disabilities within the corporate sector. At present QASA’s “Employment Project” is the driving force to support people with disabilities into the workforce and maximize their opportunity to be identified and placed. QASA’s Employment Project activities involve building an, updated and comprehensive database of people with disabilities and their skills.

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Provision Of Transport: QASA has vehicles with adaptations necessary to allow persons with disabilities the opportunity of car hire during their travels. 

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The David Lewis Lodge: The David Lewis Lodge is a guest Lodge facility owned by QASA which is situated in Edenvale, Johannesburg and provides accessible accommodation for wheelchair users.

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QASA Digital Village Computer Training Project: It is absolutely essential to be computer literate and people with disabilities have been denied opportunities in computer literacy. The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) runs 2 Computer Training Centres that provide free computer training for People with disabilities in the form of an entry level 1 week course and a more advanced 2 week Microsoft accredited course. 

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Universal Design & Access: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) can assist with various issues relating to Universal Design & Access. The National Access Authority (NAA) provides a policing and advisory service for access issues and deals with access complaints and transgressions of the National Building Regulations. By promoting an accessible environment and taking to task, abuse of human rights, this project has ensured more accessible environments and promoted the concept of Universal design.

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Disability Sensitizing And Workshops: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) provide sensitization training to corporates and Government, in order to deal with prejudices and inequalities towards disability and change mind sets and create opportunities for people with disabilities to integrate. Training is also given regularly to the service providers to airlines on the safe and appropriate handling of assisted passengers, thus developing a better service for assisted passengers who travel. These projects have a revenue stream for QASA.

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Bags Of Hope: QASA provides assistance for people leaving hospital after sustaining spinal cord injuries, by providing them with useful information and products. When somebody sustains a spinal cord injury (SCI), they will need anything from three months to a couple of years of rehabilitation in a hospital before they are ready to go back into normal life. This rehabilitation will teach the person how to manage the physical aspects of their disability, such as bladder and bowel function, use of a wheelchair and other assistive devices, and pressure care, as well as giving them resources to address issues such as independent living, employment and sexual options.

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Education Fund: One of QASA’s main areas of focus is that of developing the skills and thereby the employment potential of people with disabilities. Historically, people with disabilities have been prevented from gaining basic and further qualifications through physical and attitudinal barriers to access to such opportunities. QASA has a number of initiatives to tackle these barriers and provide opportunities for people with disabilities to gain skills and qualifications, these include the provision of education bursaries and facilitating skills development through internships; Employment Support through learnerships and promoting small businesses owned by persons with disabilities.

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Publication and distribution of information on disability rights: The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) are involved in and provide a number of publications that supply information essential for persons with disabilities, these include:

  • Rolling Inspiration Magazine: A bi-monthly lifestyle magazine for people with mobility impairments.
  • A-Z Guide: A glossy insert to Rolling Inspiration magazine providing information about all products and suppliers in the disability sector.
  • Automobility: A glossy insert to Rolling Inspiration magazine providing information about vehicles and vehicle adaptations.
  • Sawubona Disability: A publication in five languages (English, Afrikaans, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu), covering the myths, manners, dos and don’ts about disability.
  • Sexuality and Sex options for Spinal cord injured: A publication presenting the opportunities for sexual options and sexuality issues, also covering issues of HIV/AIDS.
  • SCI for Illiterate persons: This publication explains spinal cord injury in pictorial form to assist people who are illiterate.
  • SCI information booklet: This publication, explains spinal cord injury for all to understand. To ensure that all people with spinal cord injury and their families have a good understanding of the condition.

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Driver Training In Adapted Vehicles: One of the biggest obstacles that many Persons with Mobility Impairments often encounter, is getting their independence back and being able to drive a vehicle. Driving Ambitions Driving School gives persons with physical disabilities who have the agility to drive, the opportunity to take driving lessons with the objective of getting their driving licence, thus giving the independence back to many Persons With Disabilities. The Driving Ambitions Driving School is managed with the assistance from Rolling Rehab, under contract to the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA). It comprises of adapted vehicles in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban, with professional driver trainers. Visit the YouTube video clip on the right to see one of the vehicles which is used and is appropriate for persons who would like to learn to drive from their wheelchair.

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Rolling Rehab

Rolling Rehab is run by Occupational Therapist Caroline Rule seen in the video above. They offer an independent consultancy service where they do a holistic assessment of the individual’s needs and abilities, and advise whether they are safe to start driving or to continue driving after an accident or illness which may have affected their ability to adequately control a vehicle. Each assessment is customized according to the client’s needs and include:Rolling Rehab

Rolling Rehab makes recommendations on what vehicles and adaptations are best suited to their clients needs, as well as running regularly workshops for therapists and driving instructors who want to improve their knowledge about driving adaptations and the effects of disability on driving ability. To find out more, visit: Rolling Rehab - Workshops

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QASA Provincial Organizations

QASA now has six regions and has provincial organizations within QASA, which are able to assist it's members in a particular province. The Six Regional Associations are affiliated to QASA and the QASA Management Board is made up of representatives of each Regional Association including: 

The QuadPara Association of the Western Cape (QAWC): which is a non-profit organisation and represents quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Western Cape. Any person may become a member of the organisation and the QAWC membership is drawn from various diverse areas across the Western Cape. The organisation is managed by a management committee and has two representatives on the management committee of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), under whose jurisdiction QAWC falls. In addition to this, QAWC has a working relationship with APD Western Cape, are represented on the executive committee of the Western Cape Network on Disability as well and on the facility board of the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre, the hospital that caters specifically for wheelchair users.

QAWC strives to improve the lives of and fights for the rights of quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Western Cape. Through prevention and awareness campaigns, QAWC aims to prevent spinal cord injuries as well as educate the general public about the realities of living with a spinal cord injury. In addition to this QAWC also provide a number of other projects and services for quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Western Cape.

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3. Population Specific Organizations

Population-specific, such DPOs represent a population group, such as Disabled Women South Africa.

Disabled Women South Africa

Disabled Women South Africa is a mass women formation of DPSA, it promotes equalization of opportunities in all spheres of life for all disabled women. It champions the general interests and rights of Disabled women in socio-economic and political life of the country and promotes gender equality amongst the non-disabled and disabled people in general as well as the empowerment of disabled women.

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To find an organization that can assist you, visit our "Organization" Search Facility on the following link: http://disabilityinfosa.co.za/search-for-info/disability-organizations/

Sports Organizations

There are also a wide variety of Sports Organizations, including:

  1. International organizations such as the International Paralympic Committee
  2. National sports organizations that govern abeld bodied sports, as well as some disability sports, such as The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
  3. South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASAPD), which govern some physically disabled sports.
  4. Provincial Sports organizations, such as The Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled & Visually Impaired.
  5. Sports Club Organizations, which offer either a single or a variety of sports in a particular province or city in South Africa.

1. International Paralympic CommitteeInternational Paralympic Committee

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Its purpose is to organise the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games and act as the International Federation for ten sports, supervising and coordinating World Championships and other competitions.

The vision of the IPC, run by 200 members, is ‘To enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.’

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2. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for South Africa, and are the responsible body for South Africa at the CommonwealthSASCOC Games. SASCOC is also responsible for high-performance sport in the country and coordinates the relationship with various international sports federations. They not only help look after all our various National Federations who are affiliated to them, but are also responsible for awarding National Protea Colours to athletes who have met the criteria to represent South Africa in different sporting codes, including:

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3. The South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASAPD)

 The South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled ( SASAPD) was establishedSouth Africa Sport for Physically Disabled in 1962 and focuses on the development and promotion of the sporting codes offered at Paralympic level for athletes with Physical Disabilities, Visual Impairments and blindness.

They offer pathways for qualification towards Paralympic Games across a variety of sports, through their affiliations with international bodies such as: IBSA, IWAS, CPISRA and The Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled. They also work and are an affiliate member of SASCOC as well as being associated members of a number of other national sporting federations.

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4. Provincial Sports Associations

There are also many Provincial Sports Associations that govern a variety sports in a particular province in South Africa, such as The Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled & Visually Impaired. 

The Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired: have a sound understanding and passion to build character through sport. "Our executive has years of experience working with the disabled in sport and other social environments. We have an in-depth understanding of our sport codes and the special classification criteria that is associated with each code."

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5. Sports Club OrganizationsDifferently Abled Cricket Club

Some Sports Club Organizations are also available and offer either a single or a variety of sports in a particular province or city in South Africa, these clubs may include "Disabled" and Abled Body athletes or just "Disabled" athletes. There are a variety of these clubs in South Africa, including:

The Differently Abled Cricket Club: which is an open cricket club for the differently abled cricket players, which includes the Blind, Deaf, Intellectually Impaired (SID and MID) and Physically Disabled. We are the only club of this kind in South Africa and we would like to make it our goal in getting other regions to follow suit! 

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To find a Sports Organization or Club that can assist you, visit our "Activities, Sports Organizations & Clubs" Search Facility on the following link: http://disabilityinfosa.co.za/search-for-info/sports-clubs-organizations/ or visit our "Sport for Mobility Impaired" to find out more about the sports that are available for you.

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References

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The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)
Rolling Rehab
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